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Game day beer picks: Syracuse vs. NC State

What are you drinking? And mostly, what are we drinking for this one?

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The Syracuse Orange are now 5-2 and knocking on the door of bowl eligibility. The first team to stand in their way there: the 5-1 N.C. State Wolfpack, who are fresh off a blowout loss to Clemson and also looking to seal up a bowl bid this weekend.

For those tired of the noon-ish kickoffs, it appears the ACC and ESPN have listened to your pleas. This game will start at 7 p.m. ET and be broadcast on ESPN2 for those not in attendance. With such a convenient game time, that should leave plenty of time to tailgate, rake leaves, apple pick or whatever else it is you do before Syracuse games begin.

No matter when (or if) you’re imbibing before, during or after this game against NC State, see below for beer picks that are worth your while. You probably won’t be able to acquire at least one of these. Sorry in advance.

NC State Beer Pick: Brewery Bhavana Bouquet

Brewery Bhavana has a long list of canned IPAs you can check out, but what’s most intriguing about their beers are the wine barrel-aged endeavors. One of the best options there is Bouquet, the Cabernet barrel-aged tripel. It’s oaky and earthy, yet light. You definitely know the base Saison is there, but the Cabernet is able to shine through and sit well over the proceedings. If you end up in Raleigh, head over to the brewery and try some dim sum while you’re there too.

Syracuse Area Beer Pick: Red Hawk Brewing Biere de Garde

This week brings another quality local offering, who deserve some hype. Red Hawk if a brewery just south of the City of Syracuse, off Seneca Turnpike, on Bussey Road. They’re unique in the area in that they specialize in “Old World Farmhouse and Abbey Style Ales.” No hop or haze bombs coming out of this joint. They do what they do, and they do it quite well. Their Biere de Garde, a French farmhouse ale variant, is a strong representation of the style and anything you get there will be a bit different from the rest of the breweries in the area.

Los Angeles Area Beer Pick: Hermosa Brewing Co. Liquid Gold

While you can find great beer everywhere in L.A. County now, it is tougher to find actual breweries in the beach cities. With hefty real estate prices and smaller lot sizes, it’s not the easiest place to set up shop for wider production. Hermosa Brewing — just blocks off the sand in Hermosa Beach — is bucking that trend a bit, though. The tap room sports a family-friendly vibe, with a welcoming atmosphere and an equally accommodating beer selection. Liquid Gold is single-hopped with Eureka and is a nice, light IPA that still packs plenty of flavor and doesn’t drink too thin either.